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Toddler Treats: Date and Almond Balls

Date and Almond Balls

My boys just love Dates – given the chance they would most likely eat an entire packet between the three of them (I am including Mr HKHM in boys for this post). Given they are a healthy snack, but full of natural sugar – and lets face it – sugar is sugar once it is broken down in the bloodstream! (Dates are high in Fructose – or Fruit Sugar) – a limited intake is preferable for little ones who just don’t need that amount of sugar in their diets. They are however a nice sweet treat alternative to lollies (as is Dried Mango for Adults……mmmnnnn Dried Mango).

These sweet little morsels are not something I make regularly, but for some reason the boys will consume far less of these than they will of the dates themselves – so they work in a way to reduce consumption!

Date and Almond Balls

Gluten free, Dairy free

makes about 18

2.5- 3 cups chopped Dates

2/3 Cup of blanched almonds – I used Slivered almonds

1 tblsp Honey

Finely grated orange zest from 1 orange

good sprinkle of mixed spice

1/2 cup dessicated coconut

Place the chopped dates and almonds in a food processor and pulse a few times to combine. Add the honey, orange zest and mixed spice and process until the mixture has a paste like consistency. Take tablespoon sized amounts of the mixture and roll into balls. Roll the balls in the coconut to coat.

H-Boy loved helping to make these as I gave him the special job of rolling the balls in the coconut.

Enjoy!

2 Comments

  1. Hi Andrea, loving your recipes! We will be trying these out this week – is it ok if I link back to your recipe? And I know what you mean about more time… my blog might be slowing down soon. And I had a chuckle reading your post about playgroup 🙂 Hope the rest of your week goes well!

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